Aug 14

Subjective Evolution of Consciousness

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Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaja, Ph. D., Serving Director of the Bhakti Vedanta Institute of Spiritual Culture and Science (BVISCS) in Princeton, New Jersey, describes the central concept with which the Princeton Bhakti Vedanta Institute of Spiritual Culture and Science is concerned, in its Eastern and Western philosophical context and how it relates to modern science.

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Aug 14

Sripad B. M. Puri Maharaja and the Bhaktivedanta Institute

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Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaja, Ph. D., Serving Director of the Bhakti Vedanta Institute of Spiritual Culture and Science (BVISCS) in Princeton, New Jersey, describes his involvement as a founding charter member and the historical development of the original Bhaktivedanta Institute, and the development of the Princeton BVISCS.

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Apr 28

Sri Mahanet – April 2022

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Exclusive dedication is born from service to the devotees—

My friends may forsake me and my (traditional) teachers may denounce me, but the light of my life will always be Sri Govinda, the personification of divine ecstasy.

—Sri Kulasekhar

[from Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar, Sri Prapanna Jivanamrtam 3.15]

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Feb 11

Artificial Intelligence and Natural Intelligence

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9th International Conference

Science and Scientist 2021:

Difference between Artificial and Natural Intelligence

Autonomous cars would be an example of artificial intelligence in practical use. But such cars still have many problems, although they were promised years ago. The responsibility for any accidents in such cars is not held to be the computers, or the programmers, but the intelligent drivers. Computers are not considered responsible agents. The fact that decision making can be computerized does not mean that legal judgements (determinations) can be made on the basis of artificial intelligent computers. No one would consider that today. These limitations are important factors to consider in discussing the hype that now surrounds artificial intelligence and the way we think about it. A deeper understanding of what we mean by human intelligence is necessary. Especially noted in the area of scriptural study, the human form of life is considered unique in awakening to one’s spiritual nature. This is a philosophical issue requiring thoughtful inquiry, and a religious matter involving meditation. Neither of these activities can be performed by computers. They are hardly performed by the average human intelligence, although these are their most unique and important abilities as a human.

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Jan 18

Subjective Evolution of Consciousness

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7th International Conference
Science and Scientist 2019:
Understanding the Source and Nature of Consciousness and Life

The concept of the subjective evolution of consciousness, as contrasted with the
objective evolution of bodies propounded in Darwin’s hypothesis and other similar
narratives of physical/material nature, is a fundamental idea in the whole Vedic
system of knowledge. The spiritual/sentient dimension of Man and its significance in
Nature is rather ignored and/or neglected in a science based merely upon bodily or
physical considerations. However, the most current biological research of the 21st
Century demonstrates that the mechanical and chemical laws of physical bodies
cannot account for the sentient behavior that is characteristic of living organisms
even at the sub-cellular bio-chemical level. This calls for a re-examination of the
older systems of knowledge that ground their scientific knowledge on a
sentient/spiritual foundation and how that is related to matter or the material
world.

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